How to Play the Shofar

A Shofar is a ram’s horn traditionally played on the month of Elul (last month in the Hebrew calendar) and on the first ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Shofar is blown in synagogues to indicate the end of  the Yom Kippur fast and in four occasions in the prayers of Rosh Hashanah. The sound of the shofar is said to call our souls to repentance and to show our acceptance of God as our king.

  • Blow the shofar with your lips partly open. The thickest part of the shofar mouthpiece must be at the top.
  • Blowing the shofar slowly will create a lower pitch while blowing it faster will create a higher pitch.
  • Tighten your lips and push the air upward to create a higher pitch.
  • Try to make a slow buzzing sound to create a lower pitch.
  • There are three sounds that can be made with the shofar: Tekiah (one long blast), Shevarim (3 shorter blasts), and Teruah (series of quick blasts).

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